Russia delivered six Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to Afghanistan under a contract with USA for delivery of 30 vehicles of the type, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to a source close to military-industrial sector.
At present Kazan Helicopters, the prime contractor in the network of the abovementioned deal, is manufacturing the second batch comprising 6 helicopters of the type. The rest vehicles will be delivered to the customer during 2014 in batches (6 ones in each batch).
A total of 39 Mi-17V-5 helicopters have already been delivered to Afghanistan via US army. The major contract for delivery of 21 vehicles of the type was signed by Rosoboronexport and US government on May 26th 2011 and was implemented by mid-2012.
Last year Russia delivered 12 Mi-17V-5 helicopters under an amendment to the contract signed in 2012 (USA exercised contract option).
Last year Rosoboronexport and US government signed a new large contract for delivery of 30 more helicopters of the type in 2014. A total of 63 Mi-17V-5s will be delivered to the Afghan army in the network of joint anti-terrorism effort (total value of the helicopters is about $1.333 billion). All the helicopters are fitted with night vision goggles.
The Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopter is a modern version of the Mi-8/17 helicopters developed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant’s design bureau in cooperation with the Kazan Helicopter Plant. It was developed taking into account the vast operational experience gained by its predecessors in a variety of armed conflicts (including Afghanistan). At present over 2400 Mi-8/17 Family helicopters are operated in more than 80 countries of the world.